Poll Shows Barack Obama Not Picking Up Supporters of Hillary Clinton
by Steven Ertelt
September 23, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The presidential race remains close between pro-abortion candidate Barack Obama and John McCain, who opposes abortion, in part because Obama is failing to pick up supporters of Hillary Clinton. A new Associated Press poll finds Obama’s share of the Clinton supporters at the same level it was in June.
The survey shows 58 percent of the people who backed Clinton in the Democratic primary are behind Obama now — the same percentage he had in the June poll.
That’s despite the fact that Clinton has endorsed Obama and despite the fact that 69 percent of former Clinton supporters view Obama favorably.
The problem for Obama is that Clinton backers are like Senator McCain and appreciate his selection of pro-life Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate.
Since the June poll, the percentage of Clinton backers who plan to vote for McCain has increased from 21 percent to 28 percent.
Obama’s problems with Clinton supporters helps explain why McCain does better with Republicans than Obama fares with Democrats. Among GOP voters, McCain can count on the support of 87 percent while just 74 percent of Democrats say they intend to vote for Obama.
Other September polls show a large enough percentage of Clinton backers supporting McCain to make a difference in the election — with a Pew Research Center survey showing 18 percent back McCain and an ABC News poll having 23 percent support him.
The AP survey results back up what a Lifetime Television Network poll found with women voters.
The survey found only a handful of women are turned off to voting for McCain because of Palin’s pro-life views and 23 percent of Hillary Clinton backers are supporting McCain.
Obama/Biden garnered 47 percent of the women’s vote to McCain/Palin’s 45% in the survey — within the margin of error — and another 7 percent are undecided.
The poll also looked at women’s views on Governor Palin and found that a majority (52%) of women had a mostly positive view while 29% were mostly negative and 13 percent neutral.
Of the women who had negative views, 48 percent said it was because of the governor’s position on the issues. Of that 48 percent, just 18 percent pointed to her pro-life position as the main position they opposed.
That means just 2.5 percent of all women surveyed in the poll indicated they disagree with Palin on the issues and say abortion is the reason why.
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